It’s the holiday season. If you are like most people, you probably have purchased at least one of your gifts from an online retailer this year.  The rise of online orders has also spurred a new type of stealing: the porch pirates. Here are some tips to fight back against these thieves.

Delivery Instructions

It will add an extra few minutes to your order, but will be worth it. SOP for delivery drivers is to leave packages on your front door if there are no other instructions. This leaves packages out in the open for anyone passing on the street. You can instruct the driver to leave it on your back porch, or if you live in an apartment, the office. You may also require a signature upon delivery, ensuring the package is not left unattended.

Amazon has also created a way to help limit this type of theft. Amazon Day is a way to schedule your delivers during times you know you will be home. All of the major carriers, UPS, FedEx, and USPS, will allow this type of delivery.

Security Cameras

Security cameras are a great solution to protecting your packages and home. With high-speed internet, cloud storage, and high-quality cameras, it is a breeze to access your camera from anywhere. Ring doorbell will notify you when someone is in front of your door and allow you to see and speak to them. When installing cameras, make them as obvious as possible to deter any would-be thieves.

Alternate Delivery Locations

If you know a friend is going to be home, have your package sent to their house. This way, you know the package will be retrieved after it is delivered. Or send it to your job. Make sure you put your full name, number, and any relevant office information in the shipping details. Some businesses aren’t the best at handling deliveries, so you may want to try this with a small delivery before having your Christmas gifts sent.

Locker/ Local Pickup

Do you live near a Whole Foods? Chances are there is an Amazon Locker somewhere in the store. Instead of having your package delivered to your home, you can have it sent here. When it is time to pick up your package, you will get a temporary code to unlock the locker.

Alternatively, you can ask UPS, USPS, and FedEx to hold the package at their delivery center. These companies will hold a package for up to five days. To do this, click on your tracking number and select the option to ‘Hold My Package” or “Change Delivery Location.”

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